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Google building search engine that satisfies Chinese censor…

Google building search engine that satisfies Chinese censor…

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Google on Monday confirmed a secretive project that's been fueling an employee-led backlash for weeks at the company: an effort to build a version of its search engine that complies with China's online censorship regime.The project, code-named Dragonfly, is not only real but is already performing to the satisfaction of top Google executives. And it could pave the way for Google to reenter China's online search market after nearly a decade."If Google were to operate in China, what would it look like? What queries will we be able to serve?" chief executive Sundar Pichai said during an event hosted by Wired on Monday night. "It turns out we'll be able to serve well over 99 percent of the queries."The announcement could prompt more questions from U.S. policymakers, some of whom ...
EU Copyright Directive will censor the world’s internet / B…

EU Copyright Directive will censor the world’s internet / B…

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The EU's catastrophic new Copyright Directive is steamrollering towards completion, and that should worry every internet user, not just those in the EU. Article 13 of the Copyright Directive requires online services to crowdsource a database of "copyrighted works" (anyone can add anything to these databases, with no penalties for falsely claiming copyright over public domain works, or works that don't belong to you). If a user tries to post something that appears to match an item in the blacklist database, the service has to censor that user's post. The problem is that the online platforms don't have "European services" and "non-European services," they just have services, and users from the EU and outside of the EU freely mix th...
ASA asks Google to censor Viagogo ads and content from sear…

ASA asks Google to censor Viagogo ads and content from sear…

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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has requested search engines including Google and Bing remove some listings and PPC ads for controversial ticketing site Viagogo.The regulator today judged the site to be misleading consumers by failing to be transparent about fees, wrongfully using the term 'official site' to suggest it was an authorised ticket agent and falsely claiming it could '100% guarantee' entry to events.The ASA had previously issued a warning to Viagogo about editing such claims on its website and advertising content. However, ASA chief executive Guy Parker said it failed to respond by the 29 May deadline.The ASA has now referred the Geneva-based company to National Trading Standards (NTS). “Viagogo was given clear warning and handed the opportunity to play fair with c